Like never before we need the power of God! Open up your heart and receive all God has for you!
I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
ACTS 2:1-4, 17-18, 39
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
17 In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off —for all whom the Lord our God will call.
QUESTIONS REGARDING BEING BORN OF THE SPIRIT
- What is it? A spiritual rebirth (John 3:6-8).
- How does one become born again? By faith in Jesus (John 3:16).
- Why should a person be born again? Because without it no one can see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3).
- When were the disciples born again? When Jesus breathed on them after His resurrection and before His ascension (John 20:22).
QUESTIONS REGARDING BEING BAPTIZED IN THE SPIRIT
- What is it? An endowment of spiritual power (Acts 1:8).
- How does one become baptized in the Holy Spirit? By receiving when prayed for (Acts 8:14-17).
- Why should a person be baptized in the Spirit? To be an obedient disciple that has spiritual power to be Jesus’ witness (Acts 1:8)
POPULAR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
- Is the baptism of the Holy Spirit still for today? Yes (Acts 2:38-39).
- How do I know I have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit? You will speak in other tongues (unlearned languages) (Acts 2:1, 10:44-48, & 19:1-6).
- Is speaking in tongues always a known language to the hearers like in Acts 2:6? No, there is no other time in Acts tongues is said to be understood. Likewise, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:2, “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.” Therefore, at times people can understand the tongue if God grants them to do so or gives the spiritual gift of interpretation as mentioned in 1 Cor. 12:10. Remember Paul mentioned in 1 Cor. 13:1 that there are “tongues of men or of angels.” Just because another person doesn’t know the language doesn’t mean it is not a heavenly language.
- What if I don’t think speaking in tongues is my gift? Don’t be uninformed (1 Cor. 12:1), Gifts are given after the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1, Acts 10:44-48, & Acts 19:1-6), All gifts are available to the baptized in the Holy Spirit believer (1 Cor. 12:7), Paul wished all people to speak in tongues (1 Cor. 14:5), and said to never forbid tongues (1 Cor. 14:39).
- What is the purpose of speaking in tongues? To have power to be a witness (Acts 1:8), to glorify God (Acts 2:11), to a be sign to unbelievers (1 Cor. 14:22), to build up-edify yourself (1 Cor. 14:4), to intercede for the lost (Romans 8:26), to pray and sing to God (1 Cor. 14:15), and for spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:18).
- How can I know for sure God that God will baptize me with His Spirit? God is a good Father and will not allow you to be tricked or deceived (Luke 11:11-13).